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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

thank you Jill Bolte Taylor

The ratings guide should make an exception with this book in order to capture its true value to readers. I've read many other 5 Star books, but I would rate this book in a class of its own above them all. Jill Taylor is a true inspiration, so full of wisdom and informat...
The ratings guide should make an exception with this book in order to capture its true value to readers. I've read many other 5 Star books, but I would rate this book in a class of its own above them all. Jill Taylor is a true inspiration, so full of wisdom and information and compassion and love. I plan to share her messages and this book with everyone I know. no wonder it's on the New York Times bestseller list every week. I will remember this book for the rest of my life.

posted by Anonymous on June 25, 2008

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15 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

A Stroke of Genius?

My interest in this book stems from living with a relatively young stroke survivor, but I seriously question what the author is doing here. She claims to remember so much about what hapened to her during the stroke, including things that happened when she was not consci...
My interest in this book stems from living with a relatively young stroke survivor, but I seriously question what the author is doing here. She claims to remember so much about what hapened to her during the stroke, including things that happened when she was not conscious. Her thinking 'left' brain had shut down, but she still remembers these events, especially her feelings of nirvana as her right brain was freed from the constricts of the left brain. Well, hogwash! That's certainly not what you hear from a host of other stroke survivors. It sounds in the first part a lot like what scientists speculate happens as a stroke occurs, and the author, of course, was a brain scientist. The nirvana part has apparently led to a new career for the author as she has become something of a nirvana guru, capitalizing on what she says her experience was. Well, good for her. But this is not the book I hoped would shed light on the reality of a stroke for most people. If a stroke truly induces nirvana, perhaps the rest of us are missing out. But my gut feeling is that Taylor is going to leave a lot of stroke survivors wondering why they missed out at this chance for bliss.

posted by KenCady on January 29, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    Insightful view from an expert and patient's perspective

    For those of us in the healthcare field, nothing gives us more experience than that of a personal account. This is an insightful look at a stroke survivor's journey from an expert and patient perspective - both from the same individual.

    The narrative account of Ms. Taylor's experience and recovery is touching and reminds us of the survival of the human mind, as well as its capability of perception beyond our means of measurements.

    Ms. Taylor attempts to explain the stroke process and the human mind with medical language in the hopes that all can comprehend her expertise. I think the technical aspects of the book are hard to follow and become quite mundane. But, even skipping through the chapters of anatomical technicalities, one can find a message of hope in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Interesting book.

    The book was interesting since it was written by a person who had sustained a stroke. It helps explain how the brain works. Some of her descriptions of what she was experiencing was oddly described.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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